Donald Trump has, once again, made worldwide headlines when he questioned whether or not it’s possible to use disinfectant as a treatment for COVID-19. He also said that using intense UV light could be a cure for the spreading outbreak.
A couple of days after making the comments, Donald Trump backpedaled, saying that he was being sarcastic the whole time. Of course, with no hint of sarcasm in the clip, most aren’t convinced about the POTUS’ damage control.
Now, he’s using sarcasm yet again after ranting on Twitter about a piece from The New York Times detailing his eating habits and daily routine. Trump went on to attack the reporters who covered the story of the Russian interference scandal, suggesting that their “Noble Prize” should be taken. (The tweet has since been deleted.)
Nobel Prize vs. Pulitzer Award
Of course, since journalists are awarded the Pulitzer Prize for outstanding media work, the POTUS may have confused the two. But in typical Trump fashion, instead of admitting his mistake, he’s doubling down again, clarifying what he meant through his favorite social media platform.
“Does anybody get the meaning of what a so-called Noble (not Nobel) Prize is, especially as it pertains to Reporters and Journalists? Noble is defined as ‘having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals.’ Does sarcasm ever work?” Trump tweeted.
And underneath all this is the looming threat of losing the impending U.S. election. Axios said that inside sources familiar with the situation had advised the president to lessen his appearances on television as it may be hurting his ratings.
Infected and death toll rise in U.S. soil
Hints of this advice have already been seen last Friday when Donald Trump refused to answer questions from the press a day after making the disinfectant comments. The president is under mounting pressure amidst the on-going pandemic, a crisis that has taken the lives of more than 55,000 Americans and infected over 985,000 more.
To put that in perspective, the global infected count is now at 2.97 million, while death is at 207,000. That means that the U.S. alone accounts for a third of the worldwide cases and a fourth of the overall mortality rate.
But, The New York Times article said that Trump’s main focus is “assessing how his performance on the virus is measured in the news media, and the extent to which history will blame him.” He even said that the U.S. mortality rate is “roughly half” of what other countries are experiencing.